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Those with Body Image Disorder Process the “Big Picture” Differently

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Brain activity in those suffering with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or BDD, have shown in a UCLA study that they process information differently than those without the disorder. This affects how inanimate objects are viewed, as well as their own body.

Director of the OCD intensive Treatment Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Jamie Feusner, said, "No study until this one has investigated the brain's activity for visually processing objects in people with BDD. This is an important step to figuring out what's going wrong in the brains of people with BDD so we can develop treatments to change their perceptions of themselves."

Those with BDD focus on small details rather than the larger picture. This leads them to fixate on blemishes, often obsessing about their appearance. Sometimes this leads to an inability to agoraphobia, unnecessary plastic surgery, and even suicide.

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